In absolutely heartbreaking news, The Sydney Morning Herald has reported that the Bourke Shire Council of rural North West NSW made the decision to execute a number of rescue dogs that were waiting to be saved by a shelter from the pound.

Volunteers from an animal shelter in Cobar were set to pick up the pups when the council made the decision to kill the dogs to avoid the chance of COVID19 spreading to rural communities.

“OLG (Office of Local Government) has been informed that the council decided to take this course of action to protect its employees and community, including vulnerable Aboriginal populations, from the risk of COVID-19 transmission,” a spokesman stated via The Sydney Morning Herald.

The OLG will be investigating to ensure no animal cruelty laws were broken, but even if everything was above board, it’s still very sad news.

According to SMH, a source revealed that the volunteers who were set to pick up the dogs had COVID-safe measures in place for their pick up.

Pounds and shelters have permission to remain open during the lockdown as people who work in animal welfare are considered authorised workers even in the locked down areas.